No political agenda what so ever. This thread is to gather and share information between councils, districts and units regarding the COVID-19 crisis reopening strategies as seen by those with boots on the ground.
Politics should never enter into deciding a course of action in a national emergency. Decisions to reopen must be made on the basis of facts. Early on in this crisis leadership had very few facts. Now there are ample facts to base sound decisions but due to the politicization it is very hard to find the consensus.
So far this thread has revealed a variety of approaches by councils and units to dealing with the pandemic. I cannot find the position of national regarding the crisis and so apparently the decisions have been left to the councils. This thread has not revealed a consensus among the councils, yet.
Missouri - no face-to-face and no outdoor until further notice
Green Bay WI - no face-to-face and no outdoor till July 5th
SE Michigan - no face-to-face and no outdoor
Northern Star Council - Minnesota - face-to-face <10 people and outdoor opening under consideration
NY,NJ,PA area - no face-to-face and no outdoor
Simon Kenton Council - Ohio - no face-to-face and outdoor with restrictions
Bay Lakes Council and Samoset Council - no face-to-face and outdoor open July 15th
Narragansett Council - Rhode Island - no face-to-face and no outdoor
BSA community rolls went from 4 million at the peak to a “claimed” membership of 2.3 million as of 14 January 2019. “Outdoor adventure is the promise made to young people when they join Scouting.” This is one of the main attractions for youths and the lack of outdoor adventure will have negative impact on scouting. Let’s figure a way to live up to the promise where we can and maintain momentum and membership especially for cub packs as PaulLafond1 pointed out.
Since each council is independent and while the issue is complex and the demographics are varied within a council then it is beneficial for all leaders to become knowledgeable of how each council is guiding its districts so that they can make fact/experience based decisions.
The facts applicable to the Sioux district of the Greater St Louis Council has limited internet access, we are very outdoors oriented, and the counties making up the district have low infection rates and communities have low population densities. Our troop has been negatively impacted by the crisis.
I bump the topic to prevent the topic from closing in 7 days after the last reply so that any consensus of council policies can be identified.
We are curious! Let us know if your council has removed the suspension of face to face meetings and policy for outdoor events?